Keynote Speakers

Bonnie Brooks

A prolific businesswoman and executive, Bonnie Brooks has served as Vice-Chairman of Hudson’s Bay Company, as well as CEO of the department store arm of Hudson’s Bay. She’s the first woman to hold both those positions, and is also responsible for modernizing Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford department stores, during her 10-year tenure there as president. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.

Devon Brooks

Devon is the co-founder of Blo, the world’s first and largest franchise of blow dry bars, with over 90 locations around the world. In 2017 she was named Business in Vancouver’s “Top Forty Under Forty,” and is the youngest ever mentor to join Futurepreneur, Canada’s leading youth mentorship program. Her newest venture is Sphere, a first-to-market technology enhancing the experience of personal coaching.


In addition to this year’s keynote speakers, CPFC18 includes a range of personal finance experts, authors and representatives ready to share their insights and advice on the latest news, tools and trends.

Rubina Ahmed-Haq

Founder, Always Save Money

Kristen Gale

Co-Founder & CEO, The Ten Spot

Michael Katchen

Co-Founder & CEO, Wealthsimple

Cole Diamond

CEO, Coinsquare

Ellen Roseman

Personal Finance Columnist, Toronto Star

Melissa Leong

Money Expert for CTV and The Social

Dan Dickinson

Chief Digital Officer, EQ Bank

Rob Carrick

Personal Finance Expert

Alex Stan

Co-Founder & CEO, 6IXMAN CO.

Darlene Vilas

Personal Finance Educator for an Aging Society

Lauren McPhillips

Founder, This Renegade Love

Jessica Moorhouse

Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada

Patrick Ens

VP Strategy & Brand, Capital One Canada

Laurie Campbell

CEO, Credit Canada Debt Solutions

Imran Ibrahim

Director, Alternate Solutions Group

Mahima Poddar

VP of Product and Corporate Development, Equitable Bank

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